Odeon Allerton

180 Allerton Road,
Liverpool, L18 5HU

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Cannon Cinemas, Classic Cinemas (UK), Odeon Theatres Ltd., Virgin Cinemas

Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Classic Cinema, Cannon, Virgin, ABC

Nearby Theaters

Odeon Allerton

Located in the Allerton district of Liverpool, originally on this site stood the Plaza Cinema, which opened in 1928 (architect A.E. Shennan-1,432 seats). A Wurlitzer 2Manual/8Ranks organ was transferred here in August 1928 from the London Palladium. The Plaza Cinema became the Gaumont, and then Odeon. It closed in April 1971 and was demolished. (It has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

A new shopping centre was built on the site, which contained a cinema, located on the first floor and this opened as the Classic Cinema on 11th August 1973 with Richard Beckinsale in "The Lovers" and Paula Wilcox in "Birds of Prey". It was luxuriously equipped and had a licenced bar, air conditioning and 493 luxury seats in the stadium plan auditorium.

The Cannon Group took over in April 1986 and it was re-named Cannon and in June 1996 it was taken over by Virgin Cinemas. In the late-1990’s it was taken over by ABC Cinemas in a management buyout and from around 2001 Odeon Theatres took control.

The Odeon was closed on 26th February 2009, with Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. By 2019 it is in used as an Anytime Fitness gymnasium.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

A vintage photograph of the Classic Cinema in 1982:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 27, 2010 at 4:32 am

Never heard of the Richard Widmark movie on Marquee,wonder if it had a different title in the states?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2010 at 5:45 am

“Who Dares Wins” was a UK/Switzerland co-production. It was titled “The Final Option” in the USA.

rivest266 on June 20, 2021 at 11:22 am

Grand opening ad posted.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.